What I’m Reading – Week of January 12th

* Your Hero’s Journey and Mine: “Listen: no matter how crazy or down or preposterous your current state, it remains a passage toward the light. If it wasn’t, it wouldn’t feel crazy.”

* 2020: What a Time To Be Alive: “A common theme in history is that progress happens too slowly to notice while setbacks happen too quickly to overlook. It’s a shame, because the amount of progress we’ve made during most of our lifetimes is both astounding and overlooked.”

* Decade Lessons From Zen Habits: “Here’s to another decade of growth, learning, transformation and love.”

* Hiking For Mental Health: “Hitting the trail has been a lifeline for the record-setting thru-hiker’s ongoing battle with depression.”

What I’m Reading – Week of January 5th

Below are some of the most intriguing, thought-provoking and actionable performance-related content pieces I read, watched or listened to this week. How To Go Deeper in 2020 “New worlds you will one day consider a part of yourself might lie only inches deeper than places you’ve been many times.” https://www.raptitude.com/2019/12/how-to-go-deeper-in-2020/ A Better Way To Think … Read more

New Years’ Post – 2020

[re-posted from our Instagram page] Some folks look at today as a new beginning. Others look at it like a Wednesday. Regardless of your perspective on new years and new beginnings, do yourself a service and grow from your sufferings over the past year. What challenged you the most and cost you sleep and resources, … Read more

What I’m Reading – Week of December 22nd

* The Importance of Being Challenged: “Complacency is the enemy of progress, yet humans are conditioned to seek a state of ease. It is vital to continue on a path to progress, never resting on one’s laurels.”

* Ideas That Changed My Life: “You spend years trying to learn new stuff but then look back and realize that maybe like 10 big ideas truly changed how you think and drive most of what you believe.”

* A Million Nameless Joys Await: “In an era when it feels as though we’ve somehow seen everything already, or at least photos of it online, it’s comforting to know that out there, just beyond the boundaries of our own routines, await subtle flavors of joy we can’t conceive of.”

* Pressure Cooker: “What we’re really driving at when we say ‘don’t have any expectations’ is two-fold. We’re looking to turn down the pressure we put on ourselves by setting a high bar. And we’re trying to avoid being disappointed when we inevitably feel like we aren’t living up to that bar.”

What I’m Reading – Week of December 15th

* Overcoming Your Demons: “Inside of every struggle is the seed of some of the happiest moments of your life.”

*Emotional Flexibility: “In a nutshell, emotional flexibility is about holding everything at once — happiness, joy, and enthusiasm at the same time as anger, sadness, and frustration — and being able to feel differently at various points throughout the same day and perhaps even the same hour.”

* Most Accomplishments Are Invisible: “I achieved the ability to do certain everyday things most people do with ease. But they took an enormous amount of work, and I wouldn’t trade a single one for a million bucks.”

* The Dark Horse Path to Happiness: “Whenever you find yourself seeking, or wanting a certain outcome out of life, note what you’re doing and then refocus on practicing your core values.”

What I’m Reading – Week of December 8th

* On Perfection: Perfection dangles on a string as we run in place chasing after it on our respective treadmills. We’ve put perfection up a pedestal that none of us can ever reach.”

* Obsession Is Natural By Kobe Bryant

* Do What You’re Doing: It sounds trite. But it draws your attention to the self-defeating inner resistance that often underlies challenging tasks.

* Mental Models: “Mental models are how we understand the world. Not only do they shape what we think and how we understand but they shape the connections and opportunities that we see. Mental models are how we simplify complexity, why we consider some things more relevant than others, and how we reason.”

What I’m Reading – Week of December 1st

* How to Not Believe Your Ultra-Persuasive Rationalizations: “We have to train in how we respond to the fear, so that we don’t collapse.”

* Resistance Thrives in Darkness: “Resistance’s most diabolical trick is that it masquerades so convincingly as our own voice.”

* The Best Investment You Can Make: “Take a moment to get to know your family just a little better. Because once they are gone, you are the one who will have to tell their stories.”

* Why Study Philosophy? To Challenge Your Own Point of View: “You need to be a citizen in this world. You need to know your responsibilities. You’re going to have many moral choices every day of your life. And it enriches your inner life.”